Courts, Police, and Fire

Monical's manager: No one struck by lightning in Paxton

PAXTON — The manager of Monical’s Pizza in Paxton is clarifying what he termed inaccurate media reports stating that someone was struck by lightning outside his restaurant during Monday night’s storms.

Rankin trying to bring cop to town sooner rather than later

RANKIN — Because the man hired last year as Rankin’s new police officer still needs to attend the police academy before he is able to start working in the village, the village board is considering offering the job on a temporary basis to another person until the required training is completed.

Paxton Police Blotter (Aug. 7, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Gibson City officer with cancer ready for 'chance to fight'

GIBSON CITY — After being diagnosed in June with Stage 4 colon cancer, Tony Row began to grow angry at the world.

Not even a year earlier, the nine-year veteran of the Gibson City Police Department had seen his beloved colleague, Police Chief Eric Hyatt, lose his 6 1/2-year fight with the same disease.

“It just sucks. There’s no other way to describe it,” Row said.

Ford County deputies issue 165 traffic tickets in July

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office issued 165 traffic citations in July, including 107 for speeding, 10 for failure to wear a seat belt and five each for operating an uninsured vehicle, expired/suspended registration and improper traffic lane usage.

There were also four tickets issued for illegal transportation of alcohol and equipment violations.

Police serve court order on Paxton resident

PAXTON — The heavy police presence at a Paxton residence Wednesday afternoon was not prompted by any serious incident, but rather out of "an abundance of caution," Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Aug. 1, 2018)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Tim I. Whitson, 55, of Roberts, for driving under the influence of alcohol, an intoxicating compound or drug.

Civil law violation
• Samuel C. Foulks, 33, of Danville, for possession of 10 or fewer grams of cannabis.

Police Blotter (Aug. 1, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Records show fines rarely issued for illegal fires in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton residents who ignore the city’s recently implemented leaf-burning ban can face fines ranging from $50 to $200, but they likely would get a verbal warning first.

In the recent past, illegal fires in Paxton rarely have led to legal action being taken, according to an analysis of data obtained from the Paxton Police Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Paxton Police Blotter (July 31, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

➜ Edward J. Nuss, 24, of Thomasboro, was arrested for domestic battery after police were called to a residence in the 400 block of South Taft Street at 8:08 p.m. Sunday, July 29. The battery allegedly occurred when Nuss got into an altercation with a family member.

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